Thanks to the wonderful people who choose to support Crochet Concupiscence through Patreon, I’ve reached my next milestone and am able to bring back the monthly posts in my exploration of 50 Years of Vintage Crochet History. Here is our look at 1943 crochet!
I received a beautiful set of photos of a vintage crochet dress recently from Elizabeth who would love to get more information about this dress. Does anyone have any thoughts about what crochet pattern might have been used or what the stitches are? Any guesses as to the era that the dress might have come from? Would love to know your suggestions!
Earlier this year, I compiled my Crochet Lover’s Ultimate Buying Guide to 2016 Crochet Books and Robyn Chachula’s Vintage Modern Crochet: Classic Crochet Lace Techniques for Contemporary Style was right there on the list. Today is our closer look at this book. It’s a great title to add to your crochet book library, especially if you love romantic designs, trying out new techniques and doing something just slightly unexpected in your craft.
When the book arrived, the first thing that I noticed was that the cover image looks just like a crochet mandala! I can’t remember now if I’d ever seen the book cover before now, but if I did, it was before crochet mandalas were popular and way before I launched the Mandalas for Marinke project. But after my initial surprise at the book’s cover, I realized that it didn’t surprise me at all, because the piece is so artistic and beautiful and this is exactly what Del, and many of the other designers from that time were doing as they pushed the envelope in crochet.
The awareness might be relatively new but crocheting to heal isn’t new at all and I’m always excited when I see references to it in articles from the past. For example, I learned about crocheter Merril Hawkins from a 1974 article in the Ocala Star-Banner.
What was going on in the world of crochet in 1942? Let’s discover …
Kathy explained to me that she had received a pile of things from her husband’s parents’ house. Her sisters-in-law didn’t want the items but she was amazed to discover the treasure of a vintage crochet filet flag. She loved it immediately and had it framed, but she didn’t have any information about the piece.